Special Thanks

By 30th December 2010Uncategorised

As a writer, 2010 has been a hall-of-fame year for me after striving, for well over a decade, on the outer circles of the literary wilderness. So forgive me for blowing my trumpet a bit throughout 2010 by posting so many reviews and the news of the Nevill horror vehicle achieving enough altitude to clear the trees at the end of a very long runway. But the publication, success and critical reception of my novel Apartment 16 has literally been a vast reversal of my limited expectations, combined with a purpose for life confirmed. 

I’ve been writing professionally since 1995, and Apartment 16 is my eleventh published novel, though none have been published at this level by a major publisher before or achieved this kind of acclaim and commercial success. Against all the odds, for a writer of supernatural horror with little profile, in a publishing environment that has kept the supernatural horror field in the abyss for many years, and in a book trade that has wobbled in the economic downturn … against all the odds, I have been blessed with much good fortune in 2010, and I do not take it for granted. .

I’ve also completed my third novel of supernatural horror in September this year – The Ritual. I began writing this novel in 2008 and it will be published by Pan Macmillan in May 2011.

To add a cigar, Pan Macmillan have commissioned two further horror novels from me, scheduled for publication in 2012 and 2013 respectively. The first of these is currently a work in progress.

I want to take the opportunity in my own microcosm of the world wild web, to thank the following publications, organisations, critics, bloggers and events for their interest in my work this year, and for their support:

Pan Macmillan, Julie Crisp, John Jarrold, Peter Tennant and Andy Copeland of Black Static, Brian J Showers at Rue Morgue, Reggie Oliver at Wormwood, SFX, and all of the bloggers for their reviews featured elsewhere on these pages.
I also want to thank World Horror Convention, Lincoln Book Festival, Forbidden Planet, Guildford Book Festival, Lee Pennington at 7 Days of Wonder in Catalonia, Solaris, Fortean Times Uncon, and Foyles for hosting book signing and literary events in which I participated as a guest writer. Special thanks go out to Danie Ware, Jon Oliver, Nick Cirkovic, Mathew Riley, Joseph De Lacey, Chris Fowler, Pat Cadigan, China Mieville, Mark Charon Newton, Ian Whates, Stephen Deas, Andrew Taylor, Tariq Goddard, Mark Chadbourn, Natasha Mostert, Clare Dudman and Charles Lambert; most of whom accompanied me on panels and at events.

And finally, I want to thank the readers of Apartment 16 for their precious patronage and for their time. 

Readers, I salute you!

Rock & roll

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  • Suzanne says:

    I'm so pleased for you. Couldn't happen to a nicer person. Hope you had a very Merry Xmas. Let's catch up in 2011!

  • Thanks, Suzanne. Very sweet thought. And yes, once I dare venture more than a mile from the house, let's catch up. Have a happy and prosperous new year.
    Adam x

  • I just want to say congratulations on the success you are enjoying with 'Apartment 16.' I'm so glad it's doing well, and I eagerly await 'The Ritual.' Just finished reading 'Apartment 16,' and really enjoyed it — it's a dark treat to be savoured.

  • Any plans for a collection of your short stories? I'd love to read those, but, so far, they seem to have been published individually in various anthologies only. Please do correct me if I'm wrong, though.

  • Great blog, too, by the way…really enjoy all the news, plus your reading and listening recommendations. Definitely a blog well worth following. Thanks!

  • JustLisa says:

    Hi Adam, I have just finished reading 'Apartment 16' and wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed it and wonder if there will be a sequel…? I couldn't put the book down, and look forward to reading many more of your books in years to come! Lisa

  • Thanks, Monsters. Sorry, I never notice the comments under posts. No plan for a collection yet; I haven't written enough (good) stories, but tend to write about two a year. Have actually written more novels than short stories. Glad the blog is of some interest too – good to know.

    Thanks JustLisa – really appreciate the thumbs-up. Make sit all worthwhile.

    Cheers Darrell – you are a gent. I'm very pleased with Ritual, though it was really unsettling to write.

  • Paul Synnott says:

    Really enjoyed reading about your night work inspiration behind Apartment 16 in Black Static magazine. All the best for The Ritual!

  • Thanks, Paul. I was really flattered to have been asked by B Static. And they printed the entire interview too.

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